Spyder, I have to say I am baffled by your responses on this thread. Your initial one line response seemed to have no more motivation than to blow the OP out of the water after what she described as a successful start with her new trainer. Couldn't that comment have been more constructive?
No it was an comment to describe what I thought was lacking and never saw it addressed in any of the videos.
In response to your "hollow" comment, you more than anyone knows that a horse cannot build the muscles necessary to carry itself properly overnight and you expect it to take place on the first lesson after a long layoff? Again, I'm lost.
Very true, muscles need to be built up but to ride a stiff horse forward expecting that riding forward alone will build up muscles when those muscles are stiff will NEVER get a relaxed horse to where those muscles can be enacted on.
What I am saying that you cannot expect a 100 meter sprinter to do any sort of credible job by just getting in the starting gate and running. No way will that person's muscles benefit without stretching and getting those muscles READY before work is asked of them. The OP already said her horse doesn't like to stretch so there is where the problem lies. It is far easier to work on stuff that they both like even if in the long run it is not the best road. Working on the basics is ALWAYS the key to further learning.
With your above comment, doesn't the rider's position need to be effective before the horse can carry itself properly? I was always taught that the horse is a mirror image of our position. If the riders is impeding the horse's movement, how in the world is it supposed to move properly? How many of us have had problems while riding our horses that were magically solved once our instructor hopped on and corrected the problem instantly since they had better position awareness? Looks like the OP has chosen to work on the rider's position and is planning on addressing the horse next.
If the horse is stiff it will AUTOMATICALLY throw off the position of the rider. So while work on the rider is important that position will NEVER be corrected if the horse is going hollow as that hollowness will ALWAYS throw the rider into a position of trying to align itsef with a horse that is NOT going symmetrically. I would have liked to have seen work of BOTH the horse and rider together because they are not two separate things but intertwined. You cannot separate the horse's position from the rider's by saying we are working on one thing at a time. Do without the jumping and spend more time on loosening up the horse would have been the way I would have gone.
Yes, perhaps jumping after a long layoff might not make much sense, but this was her first lesson with him. Maybe he wanted to see what he was working with so he could devise a plan moving forward?
Saying that jumping with a but it was the first lesson is what makes no sense at all. The OP admits the horse is not going correctly and that is so evident when you see the horse landing and totally unbalanced after the jump. This would be the same as free jumping a 3 year old over a four foot jump for the first time ever because, well the horse can jump it.